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Beverly Roberts, PhD, FAAN, FGSA

Annabel Davis Jenks Endowed Professor for Teaching and Research in Clinical Nursing Excellence

University of Florida
PO Box 100187
Gainesville, FL 32610-0187

Telephone: 352-273-6330
Fax: 352-273-6536


Dr. Roberts served as a nursing faculty member for 23 years at Case Western Reserve University, most recently as the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Professor of Nursing. While at Case Western, she helped garner more than $1.6 million in funding for programs and scholarships in geriatric nursing. She has reviewed and provided consultation to national and international nursing programs.


Dr. Roberts, a nationally and internationally known researcher on older adults and exercise, has built a long program of NIH-funded research exploring factors that contribute to function and independence in daily activities, specifically exercise from a physical and psychosocial standpoint. Her most current research study examines how a low intensity muscle strength program could improve function and recovery of elderly adults who have been hospitalized for a medical condition. She has written more than 50 books, book chapters and articles in refereed publications. Dr. Roberts has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Contribution to Research award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Outstanding New Investigator Award from the Council of Nurse Researcher of the American Nurses’ Association and the Distinguished Nursing Researcher, Recognition from Friends of Nursing Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Roberts is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America.


Dr. Roberts’ has an extensive record of university and public service. She is on the editorial boards of Research and Theory for Nursing Practice and Journal of Asian Research and reviews manuscripts and abstracts for numerous journals and organizations. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America.

Area of Expertise

Disability, physical and psychological performance and exercise in elderly adults.


Dr. Roberts received her BSN in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received her MSN from Wayne State University in Detroit and her PhD in Nursing Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Selected Publications

  • Song, R., Suh, Y. O., Um, Y. R., June, K. J., & Roberts, B. L. (1997). Effects of low-intensity exercise on functional ability in hospitalized elderly. Journal of the Korean Academy of Nursing, 27, 807-819.
  • Schwarz, K. A., & Roberts, B. L. (2000). Social support and strain of family caregivers of older adults. Holistic Nursing Practice, 14(2), 77-90.
  • Weber, B. A., Roberts, B. L., & McDougal, G. (2000). Exploring the efficacy of support groups for men with prostate cancer. Geriatric Nursing, 21, 250-253. (feature article)
  • Alder, P.A., Good, M., Roberts, B.L. & Snyder, S. (2000). The effects of Tai Chi on older adults with chronic arthitis pain. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 32, 377.
  • Weber, B. A., & Roberts, B. L. (2000). Using handheld computers in research. Nursing Research, 49, 173-175.
  • Roberts, B. L. (2001). May L. Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 27(4), 7.
  • Zauszniewski, J.A., Picot, S.J.F., Debanne, S., Wykle, M., & Roberts, B.L. (2002). Psychometrics of the Depressive Cognition Scale in African American women. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 10(2), 83-96.
  • Weber, B. A., Roberts, B. L., Resnick, M., Deimling, G., Zauszniewski, J., Musil, C., & Yarandi, H. (2004). The effect of dyadic intervention on self-efficacy, social support, and depression for men with prostate cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 13, 47-60.
  • Zauszniewski, J. A., Krafcik, K., Preechawong, S., Chung, C., Airey, T., Wilke, P., Morris, D. L. & Roberts, B. L. (2004). Focused reflection reminiscence group for elders: Implementation and evaluation. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 23, 429-442.
  • Zauszniewski, J.A., Picot, S.J.F., Roberts, B.L., Debanne, S., & Wykle, M.L. (2005). Predictors of resourcefulness in African American women. Journal of Aging and Health, 17, 609-633.
  • Moore, S.M., Charvat, J.M., Gordon, N.H., Pashkow, F., Ribisl, P., Roberts, B.L., & Rocco, M. (2006). Effects of a CHANGE intervention to increase exercise maintenance following cardiac events. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31, 53-62.